On October 21, 2021 at 1:56 pm, Bryan Harvey wrote:
Mark - what do you think of the proposition that General Milley was maybe calling the Chinese to advise THEM to stand down from invading Taiwan or some other ill-advised provocation and not the other way around?
Something indeed seemed to be brewing as even England felt compelled to send the not quite ready for showtime Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier into the South China Sea without all its planes onboard yet.
On October 21, 2021 at 1:56 pm, Israel Pickholtz wrote:
It seems to be that Admiral Rachel Levine should be Ruler of the QUEENS Navee. With no apostrophe.
On October 21, 2021 at 1:58 pm, Michelle Dulak wrote:
Charles Blow has an op-ed piece in the NYT this morning, saying that unmarried adults are shortly to become the majority in the US, and that we ought to be considering removing pro-marriage tax policies (he never defines these) and such. Especially, he adds, as Blacks are especially unmarried (ca. 60%, vs. a third or less for everyone else).
Blow mentions -- concedes, rather -- that two parents are a help when raising children. But what about all the adults who don't have kids, or whose kids are already grown?
Is this another way of saying that the decline in childbearing is just a fait accompli and we should all get over it? Or what?
On October 21, 2021 at 1:58 pm, David wrote:
I am tired of the forced exclamation at the beginning of public gatherings like graduations, sports events, symposia, beheadings etc. that we are currently standing on the land of Tribe A or Tribe B. We all know this is nonsense on steroids as the indigenous peoples of North America were semi-nomadic and left behind no written history - only legends of spirits and whatnot.
It now appears that some indigenous folks are getting tired of this charade too, because they sense the insincerity of it all, with internet memes borrowing from the idea for the pleasure of gen-xyz users.
Can we all agree that this improves the lives of indigenous peoples not one iota and is merely another genuflection of guilt by the whacko white left?
And of course, it is this same group that will accept undocumented and unfounded claims of the indigenous peoples but totally reject Israel's claim to be the Jewish homeland despite thousands of years of documented existence. Funny that...
On October 21, 2021 at 1:58 pm, Dan Phillips wrote:
Not unlike the George Floyd episode, I am waiting for THE event which hopefully will spark civil unrest amongst the unwashed.
On October 21, 2021 at 1:59 pm, Eric Dale wrote:
Hello Mark and fellow Club members. Does America, and possibly the rest of the west in general, suffer from a crises of competence? Take the late Colin Powell, for example. From when he emerged to public prominence during Operation Desert Storm to when he was secretary of state to his later years, we were told this is the quintessential member of our elite: educated, accomplished, a steady hand to steer the ship of state. Yet, he was the face of the case for the invasion of Iraq and their WMD program. Despite the assurances of our "money is no object" intelligence services, we found out that the main reason for the war, the WMD program, was a giant bluff after the invasion.
Not to pick on Colin Powell specifically, but it's been one blunder after another with our elites. From trade policies that made Communist China a global super power with apparent technological parity to our own when they were an economic backwater within living memory, to funding the gain of function research that may have given rise to the COVID pandemic, our best and brightest in power just keep getting it wrong on the questions that matter.
How can we change this situation?
On October 21, 2021 at 2:00 pm, Michael Cavino wrote:
Your old colleague, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, told the United Nations this week the world needs to "grow up" and tackle the "climate change crisis." Here's a pull quotation: "We will see desertification, drought, crop failure, and mass movements of humanity on a scale not seen before. Not because of some unforeseen natural event or disaster, but because of us, because of what we are doing now." Perhaps, this explains our open Southern border!
Has COVID caused him to go off the deep end? And why not address his complaints to biggest polluters, such as China and India, rather than the UN? Can we please send him a copy of your book "Climate Change: The Facts" to allay his climate fears?
On the music front, any thoughts on the release the Beatles Let It Be box sets?
The content on the website just gets better and better. Thank you for informing and entertaining us in the age of stupidity.
On October 21, 2021 at 2:00 pm, Robert Fox wrote:
Hi Mark. I see the trend toward an all-electric vehicle fleet in the United States coupled with more reliance on unreliable and expensive forms of electrical generation, i.e. wind and solar, as a way for the left to cause a gross imbalance between an ever shrinking supply of electricity and a soaring increase in demand for it. This will cause electricity costs to skyrocket with implications for freedom of movement and general economic behavior. I believe this is intentional so that the tyrants will have a massive weapon to use in their war on the citizenry. What say you?
On October 21, 2021 at 2:01 pm, John Taylor wrote:
Hello Mark! Any thoughts on why the Chinese seem to be waiting to begin their inevitable attack on Taiwan? What are they waiting for? The US military is so deeply distracted by self-parody, as you accurately describe, that I cannot imagine it will get any better for the Chinese. Perhaps they're waiting to let loose their next biological attack on the world so that we're all well occupied with more masks and lockdowns and vaccination squabbles when they make their move. With the lump in the White House I consider a Chinese attack on Taiwan to be a fait accompli, but they do seem to be dragging their feet. Are they worried that such a move will reveal who they really are to the two dozen people around the globe still in doubt?
On October 21, 2021 at 2:02 pm, Jan Schiebout wrote:
Having been away for a fortnight, my Oktoberfest beer Steyn needs replenishing. However, I'm not much in the mood for anything cheerful, as my international news sources dole out ever more sobering tidbits by the hour. This morning alone, before a sip of coffee, announcements that in Cologne, Germany, the call to prayer will be simulcast from every minaret every Friday by all 35 mosques to the 120,000 Muslim residents in the city, while the bell towers of every Christian church are silent. Iran prepares for a big ME war. If we're paying attention at all, the recent arms deals between Iran, Russia and China, the beefing up of Iran's military, including its navy, a new arsenal of suicide drones, cyber warfare development and deployment, Iranian weapons smuggling into Syria, Lebanon and Gaza, and the completion of its nuclear program while it puts on a compliant face for the UN. The implosion of ME currencies occurring simultaneously when the strength of both America and Israel have been replaced by the weakest, leftist governments on record. South Korea has successfully launched a space rocket capable of placing a 1-ton satellite in orbit, the announcement coming after one in which North Korea launched a ballistic missile with advanced maneuvering capabilities. Another earthquake off of Greece. And on and on and on, just this morning!
Switch on (vs. flip off) American TV, and - Oh, Shock! Joe Manchin is thinking about leaving the Democrat party! (Before or after he finishes his payoff negotiations to complete the economic destruction of the dollar?) Dana Perino still has blonde hair, Hiden Biden still has dementia. An ugly dude in the military, puts on a skirt and makeup and gets promoted to the position of the ugliest general in a skirt in the military, product supply shortages are hitting grocery shelves. And the only one to pay any price at all in the western world for moral depravity, is Prince Andrew.
Maybe, Mark, a kill sequence was written into our DNA at creation. The most brain dead and evil among us are in charge of of the red button.
On October 21, 2021 at 2:04 pm, eaglepatriotminuteman1776 wrote:
Dear Mr. Steyn,
Before I get started, I must say that I loved your rendition of The Soldier by Rupert Brooke. For some reason it brought to mind the painting by Percy Moran depicting Sir Edward Packenham and Andrew Jackson squaring off at New Orleans. New Orleans may be a democrat slum, but I take comfort that at least somewhere beneath New Orleans's drive-by shootings, corruption, and transexual hookers is a grave (or many graves) that is "forever England" with a "richer dust concealed."
Now to business. I think that the solution to our problems is the formation of a national congress in the mold of the Indian National Congress consisting of a leadership that will advocate and agitate for peaceful separation from the United States. Such an organization would organize protests, boycotts, acts of civil disobedience, if need be, and other forms of subversion until we achieve our political objectives: a corner of the United States that is ours.
I believe that you and your listeners, as well as writers like yourself, Peter Brimelow, Jared Taylor, and John Derbyshire, and anyone else who wishes to participate, should meet at the Vdare castle in Berkeley Springs and organize a strategy to achieve peaceful separation.
This will be difficult to achieve, and the obstacles put up by people like Zuckerburg and Dorsey may seem insurmountable, but they are not. They are mere men, but we are Americans and Englishmen, and we can damn well do what we set our minds to. Even if we fail, even if we are all arrested and put in Guantanamo for life, at least someone in the future will say we did something. Better to try and fail than do nothing.
I'd appreciate your thoughts on this.
I have submitted all of my contact details to your site. Feel free to contact me via email should you wish to share ideas about starting an American National Congress.
On October 21, 2021 at 2:08 pm, Joseph Huber wrote:
Happy belated International Pronouns Day!
I was wondering if I could get your thoughts on the Biden/Harris ticket. Many people believe she was chosen to give his ticket leftist appeal, I think quite the opposite. I think he was selected as a Trojan Horse to get the leftist into the WH. She would never have won the election (not that he did either) so the party of diversity used the old white man's face to pull things within the margin of steal.
I think we are now getting very near the transition, waiting only for Obama & co. to see how much more damage they can do with Biden before putting him out to pasture, along with all blame for what's been done. We will then get a six-month media orgasm over the first "woman of color" in the WH, at the end of which no one will even remember all the crap they are pulling today. And of course Mitch & co. will be celebrating right along with them.
My question: How long do you think it will be before the doctors turn Old Joe into a sympathetic senile has-been?
On October 21, 2021 at 2:09 pm, Peter Duncan wrote:
Hello, Mark! Say, I just got fired from my job at the Washington State Ferries, where I had planned to work another 25 years, and was just on the brink of promotion. I was fired for refusing to get the shot. Do you have any positions available at Steyn Online, so that, I can at least make enough money to keep my Steyn Online membership going? Thanks very much!,
Peter Duncan from Mountlake Terrace, Washington
On October 21, 2021 at 2:11 pm, William Schluckebier wrote:
Hi Mark - With our Supply Chain problems the way they are, maybe we should suggest to Mayor Pete, our part time Transportation Secretary, that he could solve it by turning our ports over to China. I am sure they could solve it. This is a very "Progressive" idea, however I would not vote for it.
On October 21, 2021 at 2:12 pm, Johnny B wrote:
Hi Mark, Am I correct in understanding that Admiral Doctor Levine is neither in the navy nor a woman? I suppose if he can pretend to be a woman it's not that much of a leap to pretend to be a sailor as well. You correctly forecast that the murder of Sir David Amess would not be long remembered or discussed in any meaningful way, but perhaps it's not surprising that the killer's father found the news that his son was an Islamic terrorist 'traumatic' - don't they always? Which brings me to your closing quotation on the murder/sad passing of Sir David. You quoted Kipling's lines from his poem 'Cleared', We are not ruled by murderers, but only by their friends'. Under the (almost blasphemously named) Good Friday Agreement, the price of some sort of peace in Northern Ireland was a permanent and rightful place in government for the IRA/Sinn Fein. This included, at the time, the late Martin McGuinness, a man whose hands were steeped in blood. As Kipling said in his poem South Africa 1906, '...here is shame, completer still, and England makes no sign.' As you often say, ' if you don't want to surrender everything, surrender nothing'. Sadly in Northern Ireland, the British government ticked the 'everything' box. As always, your commentary is one of the few sane resources left. Thanks and best wishes. John
On October 21, 2021 at 2:15 pm, Jeff Estes wrote:
Dear Mark, what's the chance we can hear more "On the Town" episodes? Apparently, I play them over and over again, much to my wife's chagrin.
On October 21, 2021 at 2:15 pm, Janet Ham wrote:
Regarding the Virginia gubernatorial race, now that you mention it, it seems to have become a real competition with polls showing a dead heat. I believe that has been a direct result of the Loudoun County school board scandal. Once McCauliffe stated that parents should have little to say about what their children are taught, Youngkin took his opportunity to shine a light on this topic. What are your thoughts? Do people really want our government to control all aspects of our lives? Or are most of us just too lazy to attend school board meetings that go past our bedtime? When is it "too late?"
On another topic, my husband is wondering if the news from Afghanistan has disappeared from the cycle for good?
On October 21, 2021 at 2:18 pm, Peter wrote:
It seems that the country is profoundly divided, going to such basic concepts as good and evil, equal justice under law, and even the definition of male and female. Do you think a continued attempt to function as a "United States" is desirable? Is National Divorce inevitable? What would that look like Prophet Steyn? (PBUH)
Peter in Free Florida
On October 21, 2021 at 2:19 pm, Robert Graves wrote:
As you requested, no questions of election prospects as it does seem pointless. But lately I sense a bit of "black pill" (as the kids say), creeping into your commentary. Certain sectors of the dissident right are well known for their unwavering belief in and some would say a hankering for "spicy times" believing that voting harder will be no solution for our current predicament vis a vis the denouement of western civilization. That's a bit overwrought in my opinion, but you can see how one might come to that point of view.
Your old column at Buckley's joint was the Happy Warrior. Do you feel that it may be time to become more warrior (figuratively of course) than happy, and if so, how? How does this thing get turned around?
On October 21, 2021 at 2:22 pm, Mike wrote:
Mark, what do you think about Trump's new social media platform announcement? He will face a call for advertisers to avoid it, hacking attempts, and more. But an alternative to Leftist-dominated social media could make him that much richer. I think he should aim even higher -- his own cable channel, hosting company, etc. What say you?
On October 21, 2021 at 2:24 pm, eaglepatriotminuteman1776 wrote:
I don't think General Milley is quite as "modern" as Mark Steyn makes him out to be. He only gives advice, he doesn't set policy. However, he was quite out of line when he called his Chinese counterpart, regardless of his intentions. As for him giving advice, if his advice is bad or is being ignored, he should offer his resignation or request other duties.
On October 21, 2021 at 2:28 pm, Mark Wallbrown wrote:
Greetings Mark: Love the show. In my school in the 1950's we were taught about Christendom and how Christianity built Europe and North America. But alas the barbarians in black robes eradicated Christianity from the culture instead of defending individual liberty. This hate of the culture by judges did away with the rule of law from the Jewish, and now with the Civil Society given by Christ gone we see the advent of the post civilized society. What say you?
PS: In the land of the blind it is the one eyed man that is king. But here in the land of the witless it is the half-wit that presides.
On October 21, 2021 at 2:33 pm, Marie wrote:
Are you going to have a walk in part in "my son hunter?"
On October 21, 2021 at 2:35 pm, Carolinan wrote:
What is the time in Erewhon? This late Victorian Gulliver-style satire, by the other Samuel Butler, is set in a land where the sick are imprisoned and the criminal are given sympathy and comfort. This while civilization is threatened by machine intelligence. I have yet to see a reference anywhere to this increasingly timely classic.
On October 21, 2021 at 2:35 pm, Garry from LSD (Lower Slower Delaware) wrote:
They should send the Navy's newest 4 Star Admiral there to sort it all out. Tell them to bring a sponge
On October 21, 2021 at 2:36 pm, eaglepatriotminuteman1776 wrote:
I wonder if she has experienced a crossing-the-line ceremony yet.
On October 21, 2021 at 2:37 pm, Terry Sautter wrote:
Angelo Codevilla died last month in a car accident. My apologies if you have already addressed this as part of the passing parade and I missed it. I wondered if you had any comments on his life and work.
On October 21, 2021 at 2:41 pm, Laura Rosen Cohen wrote:
I have no question just here to listen to Mark getting all butch and excited.
On October 21, 2021 at 2:43 pm, Gail Rothesay wrote:
Mark! Please never calm down. I have no idea how other club members feel but I live for your passionate
On October 21, 2021 at 2:47 pm, Elisa Angel wrote:
Today please completely ignore the naysayers who dislike the recitation of the time zones. Recite with gusto, no apologies needed.
On October 21, 2021 at 2:47 pm, Michael Cavino wrote:
I agree complete with Gail about Mark's passionate commentary!
On October 21, 2021 at 2:47 pm, George Pereira wrote:
Whenever I see pictures of resident * (spits on the ground) "eating" an ice cream cone he's trying to cram the entire cone in his mouth. The only other person in political life I've seen eat like that is that son of a mailman.
It's an appalling image.Who eats an ice cream like that?
On October 21, 2021 at 2:52 pm, Bernadette Cahill wrote:
Mark: I wonder who will be the puppets and puppeteers in the U.S. when Obiden and Obama are at the Copout 26 Conference in the Dear Green Place (Glasgow - Gaelic for DGP)? But what I'd really like to ask is, what you think about the gender fluidity of Suffragette rubber duckies and Lords and Commons stuffed bears? When I was gift-hunting in the Houses of Parliament Shop for my great-niece to teach her about her great-grandmother, two friends said the duckies were not female enough and bending genders. Just matronly I said; adding (tongue-in-cheek) the bears are the bigger problem: with male names but without family jewels, you can't tell where they are transitioning from or to. They took me seriously and said I should complain to the shop. That sent me into the Abyss of Absurdity, where I laughed myself silly. I could cry too.
On October 21, 2021 at 2:56 pm, Elisa Angel wrote:
Here is something completely off the wall for you to ponder!
What are your views, if any, on writing assistant apps that review grammar, punctuation, expression, and clarity of emails and papers? I ask because I have been seeing lots of ads for one particular app that is being sold as a way to help students get As on a papers or for job hunters to write amazing cover letters. I question if these apps should be allowed in schools. Is it academic dishonesty to have an AI help a student write his research reports? I suppose an interviewer might now routinely ask job applicants if an AI wrote their cover letters to avoid hiring people dependent on writing apps.
Today I looked at one company's website, and I then searched for its competitors' information. It seems these apps could monitor all we write on a variety of platforms. I suppose there is both good and bad with these apps, but I wonder if these apps are more bad than good. I have to think about it more and do more research before I decide. Perhaps one of the club members or you can opine or have helpful information to relay to the rest of us on this subject.
On October 21, 2021 at 2:57 pm, Suzanne Reny wrote:
For something completely different, what's your favourite tv show?